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DeeKay

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  1. Howdy folks. I'd like to buy a Legacy Elite and live in it, part-time, in one location. I don't own a car and am on a tight budget. Wondering if A) anyone can recommend a shipping company or B) I could pay you to tow the trailer if you are already passing through/by Hohenwald on your way to the west coast.

    If there was a truck rental company that would let me drop the truck off in Oregon on a one-way trip, I'd be interested in that, but I don't think many companies would allow it. U-haul does, but their rates for long distance are exorbitant.

    Many thanks!!!

  2. With a composting toilet installed, I would like to use the BLACK water tank as another GRAY water tank to expand the time I have before I have to dump either. Would it be that difficult to plumb a connection between the BLACK and GRAY, so that the GRAY would overflow to the BLACK?

    I'm assuming that the "vanity sinK" is currently connected to the GRAY tank.

  3. All this talk about generators and nobody is discussing the power needs of the their trailer and the appropriate wattage rating of the generator to match those requirements.  Maybe this is discussed in a different topic, but it seems appropriate here, too, as we're talking about powering A/C and what generator to buy.

    Does anybody know the wattage requirements of the Elite I and II, assuming use of all lights, furnace, water heater, refrigerator, microwave, etc.? Worst-case scenario in the dead of winter or a blazing hot day with A/C on.

    Once you have those numbers, you can find a generator that provides the sustained power to meet your consumption. The weight of the generator can be a factor,and I personally wouldn't want to buy one that is much bigger than I need.

    Really enjoying learning from all of you experienced campers!

  4. 4 hours ago, thirddoor said:

    We used Painted Cowboy (Daniel Jakus) to haul ours to Denver where we met him and picked up the Olly (we're from central Oregon).

    He's hauled lots of Oliver trailers and was very professional and his rates were reasonable

    Saved us a trip across the mid-west last summer, which was totally worth it.

    I feel like Oliver did a very thorough job inspecting our trailer, we only found one slightly loose screw on a drawer latch.

    Before picking up the trailer, we checked out all the info here in the forum, videos and Oliver University, which left us well prepared to begin traveling in our new Olly.

    Thank you for the referral! I just emailed him. Will probably be too expensive, but who know. Cheers, Daniel

  5. Have any of you used a delivery service to transport your Oliver trailer from one part of the country to another? I live on the west coast (specifically, Oregon) and would like to purchase an Elite, either new from the factory or used, from Tennessee or some other part of the country. to where I will be living in it,  near Eugene. Unlike many, I don't plan to travel in my Elite, but to live in it full-time. The proposition of driving it from Tennessee to Oregon doesn't sound that fun.

    Kind of surprised that Oliver doesn't offer this service or refer potential customers to trustworthy delivery companies. Let me know if you have any experience with this or have heard recommendations about any specific delivery companies.

    Cheers!

  6. 1 hour ago, Overland said:

    DeeKay, my Lifeline AGM battery is actually in my truck.  I installed four Battleborn LFPs while the trailer was sitting in the Oliver parking lot at delivery, so I don't have any first hand experience with anything else.  I think Oliver was using Trojan T105 AGMs in 2017, which are excellent batteries.  

    Sherry, I noticed that Trojan is now advertising their T105 AGM as being 217 Ah.  I don't know if they've changed the chemistry or just the rating.  

    Maybe 105Ah is an estimate of usable power, but the capacity rating is 217Ah. Just a thought. I went to Lifeline's website and the smallest 6V is 220Ah, which is close to your Trojan's rating.

  7. Trying to extract information from owners of this model year, but so far I'm in the dark. Went to Lifeline website and 220Ah is smallest 6V they now sell.

    All this inquiry is to determine how much it would cost to upgrade a 2017 Elite to Lithium batteries, which is why I'm here. I've contacted AM Solar, but they need information on what is currently installed to base their estimate of an upgrade.

    Again, thanks for your input!

  8. 20 minutes ago, SeaDawg said:

    The Elite has a smaller battery tray, and can only hold two group 27 size batteries. My Agm batteries are 105 amp hours each. But, agm maximum recommended discharge is 50 per cent. Longer life if you discharge less. 

    I used the Search function and found a user with these, that are rated at 220Ah each: Lifeline GPL-4CT. Maybe that was with an Elite II he was referring to. These are 6V, no? Lowest rated 6V from Lifeline is 220Ah.

    Thanks SeaDawg!

  9. Sherry- Thank you for your reply. It's tough extracting information without people to talk to and this site is a wealth of information and friendly people, like your self.

    I saw those last ads for Elite 1s, but they were far away and the timing is a bit early. I have some time to do my homework and be ready when the right one comes along. Since I have a roof over my head right now, I don't have to rush.

    Thanks for that link! I may very well need to read it in its entirety. That's a big help.

    The coldest I would expect would be in the mid-20s Fahrenheit. Do you think any of those insulation types are preferable for my situation?

    Again, thank you so much for your consideration and generous spirit. I look forward to learning more from you and others.

    Cheers, Daniel

  10. On 9/4/2020 at 3:58 PM, ScubaRx said:

    Daniel, the first 49 trailers that Oliver built were all Elites. This was between late 2007 and early 2009. As you recall there was a downturn in the economy about that time and Oliver made the difficult decision to halt their trailer production. There was no layoff of personnel.

    In 2013, they decided to reopen the trailer line but their plan was to only make the Elite II's. After many requests from potential customers, in 2015 they reintroduced the Elite.

    The general layout and floor plan is essentially the same. In the early Elites, if there was ever a problem with the refrigerator, the entire front wall had to be removed in order to get the old one out and the new one in. I'm not sure if that ever had to be done, but it would have been a lot of trouble. That problem was fixed in the later models.

    The early Elites had the furnace mounted in the cabinet facing along side the drawers. It is now moved to beneath the forward most dinette seat and is ducted into the cabin and bathroom.

    The upper cabinets in the early Elites had sliding doors while the later Elites have drop down doors like in the Elite II's. The cabinets are somewhat larger on the latest ones.

    Beneath the benchs and dinette seats of the older models were custom molded inserts that dropped into these areas for storage. These were eliminated in the newer models.

    On the current Elites, the suspension has been lowered, the air conditioner is a smaller model, there is more storage (both more drawers and the aforementioned larger upper cabinets), the bathroom window is larger, all lighting is LED and the shower drain system is greatly improved.

    There are probably more changes that have been made. We owned hull # 026 from 2008-2013. We bought hull # 050 (Elite II) in 2014.

    Others will chime in perhaps, if I have misspoken anywhere, please feel free to correct me.

    Happy travels...

    Thanks ScubaRx for all that information.  I am hoping to buy a used Elite I.

    When you reference the "early Elites" are you talking about those built from 2007-09, before production was stopped?

    So, if I buy one made from 2015 on, servicing/removing the fridge will NOT involve removing the front wall?

    What year was the suspension, A/C, storage, bathroom window and LED lighting improved/implimented? Are you talking 2015 and on? If you don't know, does anybody else? I'd like to focus my search to model years that incorporate those improvements.

    Thanks again. Hope you are well! And thanks to all the others who have and will contribute to this discussion. I think it will help others, like myself, that are in the market for an Oliver.

  11. Hello all. I've been on a quest to buy a used trailer for several months. Unlike many, I plan to live in it year-round, so 4-season ability is a must. I am single, so I think something 16-20 feet would be sufficient. Until recently, I thought I would be buying an Escape, but the insulation in those seems much less than on the Olivers. I don't need a lot of bells and whistles, like A/C, power awnings, electronic stabilizer jacks and a tv, but it seems like I can't escape those features with Olivers.

    Basically, I need a sturdy trailer with good storage, great insulation, ventilation and the option of a urine diverting toilet, like a Nature's Head. For now, I'll keep my eye out for an Elite I  for sale that is closer to Oregon than Tennessee or Florida. Something west of the Rockies would probably be easier/cheaper to purchase.

    If you have any suggestions, like what year models of Elites I should focus on, classifieds off this site that you recommend or any other general advice, I'd much appreciate it. This is a big purchase for me and your experienced help is valuable and appreciated.

    Cheers, Daniel

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  12. On 9/4/2020 at 3:58 PM, ScubaRx said:

    Daniel, the first 49 trailers that Oliver built were all Elites. This was between late 2007 and early 2009. As you recall there was a downturn in the economy about that time and Oliver made the difficult decision to halt their trailer production. There was no layoff of personnel.

    In 2013, they decided to reopen the trailer line but their plan was to only make the Elite II's. After many requests from potential customers, in 2015 they reintroduced the Elite.

    The general layout and floor plan is essentially the same. In the early Elites, if there was ever a problem with the refrigerator, the entire front wall had to be removed in order to get the old one out and the new one in. I'm not sure if that ever had to be done, but it would have been a lot of trouble. That problem was fixed in the later models.

    The early Elites had the furnace mounted in the cabinet facing along side the drawers. It is now moved to beneath the forward most dinette seat and is ducted into the cabin and bathroom.

    The upper cabinets in the early Elites had sliding doors while the later Elites have drop down doors like in the Elite II's. The cabinets are somewhat larger on the latest ones.

    Beneath the benchs and dinette seats of the older models were custom molded inserts that dropped into these areas for storage. These were eliminated in the newer models.

    On the current Elites, the suspension has been lowered, the air conditioner is a smaller model, there is more storage (both more drawers and the aforementioned larger upper cabinets), the bathroom window is larger, all lighting is LED and the shower drain system is greatly improved.

    There are probably more changes that have been made. We owned hull # 026 from 2008-2013. We bought hull # 050 (Elite II) in 2014.

    Others will chime in perhaps, if I have misspoken anywhere, please feel free to correct me.

    Happy travels...

    Thanks ScubaRx for all that information.  I am hoping to buy a used Elite I.

    When you reference the "early Elites" are you talking about those built from 2007-09, before production was stopped?

    So, if I buy one made from 2015 on, servicing/removing the fridge will NOT involve removing the front wall?

    What year was the suspension, A/C, storage, bathroom window and LED lighting improved/implimented? Are you talking 2015 and on? If you don't know, does anybody else? I'd like to focus my search to model years that incorporate those improvements.

    Thanks again. Hope you are well!

  13. Any of you been tracking the changes in features or structural differences between model years of the Elite that can comment on what was changed through the years and when? Maybe it's been covered here before, but I can't find it.

    Thanks in advance, Daniel

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